March E-Newsletter

Mark Your Calendars: Free Shred Week is Coming!

We'll help you make sure your confidential documents are disposed of the right way.

Our always popular Free Shred Events are back for another year. We understand the importance of disposing of confidential documents in a safe and secure way. Our first shred event will take place the week of April 23-28.

During this time, all customers can bring in up to two regular sized shopping bags filled with the documents needing to be disposed.

We know that identity protection is important. All SIS Bank locations will have shred bins available to you during this time. SIS also thanks the help of Secure Record Management Systems, who is a social enterprise of Waban Projects, Inc. in Sanford, for their assistance in shredding all documents.*

Documents that can be shredded can include, but are not limited to:

  • Old tax documents
  • Medical records
  • Bank statements
  • Credit card statements
  • And more!

So don't put yourself at risk with your personal information, let SIS help you!

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Cache's Corner: The Tax Filing Program That'll Have Your Tail Wagging

Oh, I love March! The weather starts getting warmer and I can spend more time outside. I can't say the same thing of my humans, though... they keep talking about "filing taxes" and how they'll never see the light of day! So one day, while they were busy looking for papers to prepare their taxes, I snuck onto the computer to see what I could find to help them out. And you'll never guess, but I found a digital tax preparation program that surely makes my tail wag with all its capabilities and features: TurboTax®!

Advantages of Intuit TurboTax
Free & Paid Versions ($59.99-179.99)
State Return Cost: $0 for Free Version, $39.99 for Paid Versions

If you want an easy and straightforward experience (and who doesn't? That's all my humans keep talking about in what they're looking for to file their taxes...), then TurboTax is for you! It has an exceptional user interface; preparing your tax forms through an interview-style Q&A that's written out in plain language so it’s easy to understand. With every answer you provide, TurboTax automatically calculates numbers and translates your responses into the information it needs to correctly place your personal and financial data on your tax forms. Its artificial intelligence system will even recommend deductions you can take based on your profession!

For the budget-conscious, there is a free version of TurboTax for filers who make $100,000 or less in yearly income which supports the 1040EZ and 1040A forms. However, if you think you're going to need a little more paw-holding and support when preparing your forms, there's a tier of paid versions with levels of helpful resources; from $59.99 for the Deluxe program to $79.99 for Premier, and $119.99 for the Self-Employed version. The good thing about the paid versions is that users get the additional feature of real-time help via SmartLook at no extra cost (free users have to pay for this service). The SmartLook one-way video conference allows the user to see and talk with an actual tax specialist, who in turn is able to view your screen to troubleshoot and answer questions!

New to TurboTax this year is TurboTax Live which, at a cost of $179.99 for the program, can handle every IRS form and schedule while providing unlimited live tax advice. With this version, you also get a one-on-one meeting with a human CPA or EA (Enrolled Agent) so you can go over any questions or filing issues you may have before you start.

While TurboTax is one of the more costly tax preparation programs, the resources you get in return can be a great advantage, especially for those humans filing their taxes on their own. And better yet, TurboTax is available right in your own SIS Bank checking account! That means you'll get your return a lot faster with SIS Bank's direct deposit.

There are dozens of tax preparation programs and online software available, but TurboTax is surely one of the best because of its comprehensive and thorough coverage of all tax forms. Now I just have to show my humans what I've found... perhaps I'll print off my findings and place it with one of Clawdia's hunting prizes she often leaves at the front door. That always gets the attention of our humans!

'Til next time,
Your pawsitively pawesome pal Cache

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Golden Rewards: First quarter success!

The first quarter is coming to a close and the Golden Rewards program has already seen a lot of success for 2018. Despite the pesky winter storms that have rolled through, including one that interrupted our day trip to Andy Cooney's Music of Ireland Tour, we were still able to make it on the rescheduled date of March 20th – what beautiful music it was with such talent on the stage!

Members also struck big, and some others not so much... at Mohegan Sun on Sunday. As of right now we still have one more casino trip planned as an overnighter at Foxwoods Resort & Casino on June 24th through the 25th. Slots are still available for that as well, so if you're looking to test your luck, give us a call!

Looking ahead to the trips coming up, we have more exciting news. Our trip to New York has become so popular, we have now added a THIRD bus to the trip. Almost seems too good to be true. However, that bus is filling fast as well, so if you're part of the Golden Rewards program, be sure you get a hold of us to book your spot today!

We're proud to be offering an ALL INCLUSIVE cruise to Bermuda at the end of April 2019. This trip will feature a long list of benefits, all for one convenient price. The cost of the trip will include your round trip bus transportation, seven nights on the Norwegian Gem, shipboard gratuities, entertainment on board the ship, ALL meals and snacks on board, ALL port charges and taxes, and now for the best part (at least we think so)... it also includes the Classic Beverage Package which includes beer, wine, mixed drinks, soda and bottled water – for the ENTIRE week! All of this and more starting at $1,275 per person. For the full description, make sure you visit the Golden Rewards page to download the form.

The excitement doesn't stop there though. Explore the beautiful sights and sounds in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick, as well as an initial stop in Bar Harbor, Maine. For eight great nights in June 2019, this trip is filled with guided tours of Halifax, Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg, and more!

The weather may make it hard to believe, but we really are getting close to the real spring weather and summer will be here before we know it. Our Alaskan Northern Glacier Cruise is set for June 6-15, while the all famous day trip to Cabbage Island off of Boothbay Harbor takes place on Thursday, July 19.

Get in the spirit of summer today and give us a call with any questions you may have regarding any of the trips we have listed. The full itinerary can be found on our website

More about Golden Rewards:

that you're never too old to have fun and enjoy life! SIS now has more than 1,000 members enrolled in Golden Rewards. Not a part of Golden Rewards? Over the age of 50? Visit our website for more information and we’ll tell you how you can be a part!

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Product Bundle Feature: Free Financial Seminars

As part of the product bundles program, SIS Bank offers free financial seminars, and for April 2018, there are two informative seminars available at two great locations.

SIS invites any member who is a part of the product bundle program – RockIt, Silver Lining, Veterans, or Golden Rewards, and a guest of their choice, to our Advanced Healthcare Planning seminar on April 24th and our session on Medicare on April 26th.

Both seminars will be hosted and facilitated by the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. The Advanced Healthcare Planning session will cover questions and topics such as: What is an Advance Directive? Why are Advance Care Directives important? Information you need to create an Advance Care Directive; discussion on issues that may surface when developing an Advance Care Directive; suggestions on how to talk to family and friends about advance care planning; and what to do with an Advance Directive once you have one. This seminar will be host at Above & Beyond Catering at The Town Club in Sanford from 12-1:30pm.

The second session on Medicare benefits, facilitated by State Health Insurance Counselors from SMAA, is ideal for any person looking to learn more about Medicare, its benefits, and the options that best fit your needs as you plan for the future. Or maybe you’re looking to revisit your current Medicare selections as you prepare for enrollment. This seminar will be held at the Stage Neck Inn in York, ME from 12-1:30pm.

This FREE event is a Lunch and Learn style, with a buffet lunch served at no cost to you. Call our main office today at (207) 324-2285 to sign up for one of these seminars, or email to reserve your spot today.

Not sure if you're a bundle customer? Contact us today and we'll let you know. If you're not a bundle customer, and would like to see what each program entails, visit our product bundles page on our website today!

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'Jeans Days' Raise Over $8,200 for Charitable Causes in 2017

Throughout the past year, we've held bimonthly "Casual for a Cause" days to raise funds for local organizations and charities. On specific Fridays and Saturdays, employees contributed $3-5 (or more) to wear jeans to work. As a result, employees collectively raised over $8,200 in support of 25 local organizations for 2017.

The Casual for a Cause Day is an SIS Bank tradition, and allows for employees to take a day off from wearing their usual professional attire, and for a philanthropic reason. Twice monthly and on specific weekend dates, employees paid to don their denim and raise funds for a local organization helping community members in need.

The range of causes include mentoring programs for children and pet adoption centers, to local food pantries and Alzheimer's research, to supporting veterans and Salvation Army collections. Organizations such as United Way, Safe Kids Maine, Sanford Young Life, The Center for Wildlife and Maine Adaptive Sport and Recreation are just some of the partner organizations for 2017. The Casual for a Cause events saw over $300 donated to each organization.

"We couldn't be more proud of our employees for their charitable spirit during these fundraisers," said SIS President & CEO Blaine Boudreau. "Everyone looks forward to the jeans days, knowing they are contributing to a good cause. It is because of our employees that SIS was able to support so many deserving organizations, and we look forward to another successful year of helping our community in this way."

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Sanford, ME 04073

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